Uganda improves in latest FIFA Rankings, maintain CECAFA status quo

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The Uganda Cranes lineup that started against Mali at AFCON 2017 tournament in Gabon

Uganda Cranes has improved by a slot as per the latest FIFA World Rankings.

Uganda is now 74th with 467 points, same as Curacao having moved from the 75th.

With virtually no national team activity in the previous 30 days, only the Africa U-20 championships have been going on in Zambia.

King of CECAFA:

By far, Uganda is the best rated country in the CECAFA region.

Kenya comes second in the 88th position with 455 points, having dropped by a slot.

Rwanda comes third in 93rd having sailed 7 places as they now have 364 points.

The Ethiopia Walia Stars, too, like Kenya drop by one place to 104th with 335 points.

Sudan is up by one place to 138th (217 points) as Burundi falls to 139th (215 points).

Tanzania is 157th with 157 points, an improvement by one slot.

South Sudan improves by two places to 167th (123 points).

The horn of Africa countries Djibouti, Eritrea and Somalia share a joint 205th slot with Anguilla, Bahamas, Gibraltar and Tonga.

All these six countries have no point collected.

Uganda’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification opponents:

At 20th, Egypt is the best African country with 904 points, having improved by three slots.

Ghana improves to 43rd from 45th as they have 683 points. The Black Stars thus displace Greece and Paraguay.

Congo Brazzaville drops two places to 78th with 455 points.

Uganda’s AFCON 2019 qualification opponents:

Cape Verde Islands sit 77th in the rankings with 460 points, Lesotho moves up by two slots to 141st (205) points and Tanzania like as aforementioned lingers in the 157th position.

Uganda Cranes’ head coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic is elastic about the one slot improvement.

This is a step forward as we work towards the mission of improving to be among 50 nations in the world.

We have an international friendly match coming against Kenya next week in Nairobi as we prepare the team for the future engagements.

World’s Creme de la creme:

Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Chile and Belgium maintain the top five respective positions.

Egypt is the best ranked African nation at 20th now as the reigning African champions, Cameroon climb up by a slot to 32nd, amassing 795 points.

Biggest and Lowest Movers overall:

Suriname climbs a massive 9 places from 129th to 120th as they have 284 points to the take the biggest movers’ gong.

Myanmar is the drops the biggest places (13) to 172nd having fetched 120 points as the lowest overall movers.

By next month, there will be a significant change in the rankings for the different countries given the international friendly match day coming up and the start of the preliminary round for the AFCON 2019 qualifiers.

The next ranking will be released 10th April 2017.